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Smart Investing

You work hard - and your money should too. Find out how to put your money to work with these classic investment guides:

The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel
How to Make Money in Stocks by William J. O'Neil
The Four Pillars of Investing by William Bernstein
The Little Book that Beats the Market by Joel Greenblatt

 

Homemade Goodies

I used to buy popcorn in microwave bags. One day, I became nostalgic and bought kernels for stove popping instead. That's how I learned I like homemade popcorn better. It tasted better. I could add my own ingredients. And it was cheaper.

I started wondering what other foods are easy to make and less costly than their ready-made counterparts. I quickly learned that peanut butter can be made in only ten minutes with only three ingredients. And, again, it was tastier and cheaper than its store-bought equivalent. I wanted to find even more items I could make, so I searched for a few books at the library and came up with three good guides.

Houston Texan History

The Texans will take to the field against the Chicago Bears this Sunday night in prime time. Do you know the team's history? Have you been a fan since the beginning in 2002? Read up on their inaugural year in these books:

Houston Texans 2002 yearbook

Opening Night : The Houston Texans' Inaugural Game (September 8, 2002, Reliant Stadium: Houston Texans 19, Dallas Cowboys 10) by Carter Toole

Sweet Rivalry

Candy is a nice treat, but the business of confections can be anything but kind. Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was partially based on two of England's biggest candy rivals, Cadbury and Rowntree. The companies would often steal trade secrets from each other by sending spies to work in both factories.

Amish Living

Growing up in Indiana, I remember seeing the Amish in their buggies being pulled along by horses as our parents drove us around different parts of the state. It always fascinated me to see other people dressed in different clothing and using a different kind of transportation to get around. I wondered what it would be like to live that way. I never thought that some of the Amish might be looking at me and wondering the same thing.

A Different Kind of Farm

Farms are usually associated with images like clean air, open spaces, and growing crops, but a body farm is not your typical establishment.  Body farms are places where forensic anthropologists study human decomposition under a variety of conditions.  Texas is home to two such research facilities.  One is located at Texas State University in San Marcos and the other is hosted at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.  The information gathered on these farms is used to solve criminal investigations and tr

The Art of Selling Books

Larry McMurtry, prolific author and Pulitzer Prize winner who is best known for classics like Lonesome Dove, The Last Picture Show, and Terms of Endearment also sells books in his hometown of

London in the Limelight

Have the Olympic games piqued your interest in the host city? Bring these books home from the library and learn about all things London:

A Year of Sweet Treats

July 21 is National Junk Food Day, so go out and celebrate by indulging in your favorite bad snack. Once you're finished, find the next occasion to celebrate in the pages of Foodfest 365!: The Officially Fun Food Holiday Cookbook by Yvan D. Lemoine.

Bad Habits

Do you have a habit of cutting people's heads off and blurring people out of your life? If you do, you're either a mob boss or a bad photographer. If your problem involves taking pictures, we can certainly help. If you're a mob boss, you're out of luck.

Grab a couple of these guides at your local HCPL branch and you will never have to worry about messing up your vacation photos again.

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